A Cowl Back Conversion

When I found this frock on the 50 cent sale rack at the Goodwill near my house, I thought, “Wow!  A dress I don’t even have to refashion!”

Not too shabs!

Not too shabs!

 

But then I looked a little closer…

 

See it?

See it?

 

Here.  Let me help you out a bit.

 

WHAT.

WHAT.

 

Do you see the bizarre patched-up crotch hole?  HOW DID THAT GET THERE?  WHYYYYYYY?  And WHY am I so terrified of the implications of said crotch hole? :/

*Shudder*

Step 1:

Ahhhhhh!  Much better already!

Ahhhhhh! Much better already!

 

I don’t know about you guys, but I feel much better now!

So, I could have reattached that bottom bit to the newly crotch-hole-less bit, but the temps here have dropped, and I definitely need more shoulder coverage now!

But first, I needed to restitch the top of the elastic waist that had come undone.

 

...like Duran Duran.

…like Duran Duran no more!

 

Then, I had that bottom raw edge to tend to.

 

Whirrrrrr!

Whirrrrrr!

 

I used a straight stitch for this, but it was quite finicky with the weirdo stretchy knit of this fabric.  I SHOULD have used a tight zigzag, as it would have saved me a bit of frustration.

I promptly reset my machine for the remainder of this refashion!

 

Now we're talkin'!

Now we’re talkin’!

 

Now for that bottom scrap!  First, I unpicked the hastily hand-sewn hem that was already in place.  I commend the effort, but I wanted something a tad sturdier for my new top!

 

Byeeeee!

Byeeeee!

 

Then, I pinned a new hem for each side of the scrap.

 

No big.

No big.

 

Next, I stitched each hem down.

 

Zigzaggery!

Zigzaggery!

 

But now what?  I’m going to be a bit chilly without some upper arm coverage, no?

I took that scrap and did this with it:

 

Just playing around a bit...

Just playing around a bit…

 

Then I did this!

 

Hmmmnnn...

Hmmmnnn…

 

HMMMMM...

HMMMMM…

 

I stitched down those parts I pinned at the front.

 

Once again, using a zigzag.

Once again, using a zigzag.

 

The back was left drapey.  :)

And here’s my new top!

 

My shoulders are now draft-free!

My shoulders are now draft-free!

 

Le back!

Le back!

 

Amauri thought my new top was pretty swell too!

 

Love this fella right here.  :)

Love this fella right here. :)

 

I had a blast wearing my new top at Soda City’s Oktoberfest!

 

They juuuust might...

They juuuust might…

 

Cheers!

 

ba1025

 

 

 

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Cameo Dress

I was quite happy to stumble upon this dress with a lovely cameo print.  :)

 

I'm running out of "before" poses, you guys.

I’m running out of “before” poses, you guys.

 

I was even willing to look past those gigantic shoulder pads!

 

Herm.  :/

Herm. :/

 

Okay.  I clearly have some work to here.  First, I made a few chops.

 

Not a bad start!

Not a bad start!

 

Don’t worry!  I know some of you guys hate it when I remove cuffs & collars, but I’m keeping these.  They’re just being relocated!

With my cuffs chopped and those pads removed, I was ready to take in this dress a bit.  I took it from the back like so:

Pinned!

Pinned!

 

Stitching down the elastic...

Stitching down the elastic…

 

Then stitching each side of the leftover elastic down, so it lays flat!

Then stitching each side of the leftover elastic down, so it lays flat!

 

I took the cuffs and pressed the raw edges down.

 

Do you see where I'm going?

Do you see where I’m going?

 

Then, I stitched each side down.

 

Just a lil whirr!

Just a lil whirr!

 

Then I took one cuff and pinned it under the largest lapel on my new dress.

 

Getting a lil creative!

Getting a lil creative!

 

In case you can’t tell, I’ve been on a bit of an asymmetry kick lately, hence my ‘do!  This dress was going to be a fun experiment in balance or lack thereof.

I stitched the cuff down…

 

I think this is going to look just swell.  :)

I think this is going to look just swell. :)

 

Then I chopped a bit more from one of the sleeves.

 

Just a lil bit.

Just a lil bit.

 

I hemmed the raw edge…

 

Just a lil hem.

Just a lil hem.

 

…then I attached the remaining cuff!

 

Crazy, no?

Crazy, no?

 

Too late to go back now!

Too late to go back now!

 

The other sleeve got a different kind of cuff!

 

Roll it, pin it, then stitch the top and bottom down! :)

Roll it, pin it, then stitch the top and bottom down! :)

 

Now I just needed to get rid of some of that length!

 

Rising to new heights!

Rising to new heights!  My foot says “hai!” btw.

 

I hemmed my new dress, and stitched that bottom part into a sash.

That’s right…this was almost a totally no-waste refashion!

 

Ah!  So close!

Ah! So close!

 

I’m really happy with this one, you guys!

 

Ta-Da!

Ta-Da!

 

Seriously…this is one of my faves!

Seriously…this is one of my faves!

 

And here it is from the back!

 

Le back!

Le back!

 

My cameo dress and I made a cameo (har har) appearance at my pal Phillip’s house for some tasty chili with friends!  :)

 

Pals!

Pals!

 

Such deliciousness!  :)

Such deliciousness! :)

 

A perfect way to spend an early-fall evening!

A perfect way to spend an early Fall evening!

 

Jillian is a deep person who feels things deeply.

Jillian is a deep person who feels things deeply.

 

Cheers!

 

ba102014

 

Sloane’s Weddingtastic Reader ReFash!

This week’s Reader ReFash comes from Sloane of Life and Food and Beer in South Florida!  Perhaps it’s because I just got back from a lovely wedding (In Paradise…sigh), but you’re about to see the first Wedding Dress refashion I’ve ever posted here!

Oh…wait.  There was this one.  ;)  You’ll be happy to know Sloane’s story ends a little differently than mine.  ;)

It was always my moms dream for my sister or myself to wear her wedding dress. It was straight from the early 80’s and my sister was smart enough to pass.

She shipped the dress to my after I called complaining about not being able to find a dress I liked. It arrived in a USPS, if it fits it ships box. The dress itself was actually wrapped in a trash bag.

Once the box arrived, I stuck it in my closet without trying it on. After a night of drinking, I came home and decided to try it on. I blame it on of alcohol of course, because as I was standing on the toilet lid, I decided I could work with this.

 

Wowza.

Wowza.

 

With the help of a professional seamstress, we redid the yellowing, aged, liner, took off the puffy sleeves and made them into straps, but keep the look of the original dress. My mom wore a hopped skirt under the dress, very southern bell, so we slimmed the base of the dress in as well.

On the day of the wedding, I did a dress reveal with my mom, and as soon as she seen it, she started crying saying “you keep it the same”.

Seeing her so happy, made the 3 months of crying and wishing I had just bought a new dress worth it!

Whoa!  :)

Whoa! :)

 

Awwww! <3

Awwww! <3

 

Ahmazing!  And no, Sloane didn’t choose to execute this one herself, but she still earns Mega Awesome Points for seeing the potential in a dress that was once in a garbage bag, not buying new, AND supporting a small local business (her seamstress)!  :)  Well done, M’dear.  You look beautiful!  :)

You can read more about this refashion at Slone’s blog, Life and Food and Beer!

Cheers to the happy couple!

 

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